Student Guide and Expectations » Discipline


The most important premise of any effective discipline program is a fair, realistic, consistent, and constructive code.  Its main purpose is corrective action.  It also serves to separate students who demonstrate a threat to the health, safety, and rights of others from those who pursue an education.  Disciplinary action will be in accordance with students’ rights, Chapter 19, and the DOE.  Hawaii Administrative Rules, Ch​apter 19, are derived from state law. It's important that students and parents review this information to be aware of the consequences of a Chapter 19 violation.

Those students who infringe upon the rights of others and whose conduct violates established rules and regulations shall be disciplined on an individual basis by the administration.  For each disciplinary case, the student will give his/her version of the incident in question, either orally or in writing or both.  The administration will then inform the student as to the results of the school’s investigation and render a decision in the case.  The administrator’s decision shall be final and disciplinary action meted out which may include but is not limited to counseling, detention, suspension, dismissal, and/or police referral.  Parents shall be informed by the administration when deemed necessary.  Chapter 19 on Student Misconduct, Discipline, and Reporting Offenses shall be in effect.

The following rules and guidelines have been established by the Hawaii Penal Code, the Board of Education (BOE), and RHS.  These rules apply to students during school hours on campus and at all school-sponsored activities.  Excerpts from Chapter 19 are quoted throughout this document. The full text for Hawaii Administrative Rules, Ch​apter 19 is available at this link and on the Hawaii Public Schools website under school safety.

Class A Offenses; unlawful conduct:  These are acts which are prohibited by State Law and include but are not limited to the following: (Police may be contacted)

  • Assault
  • Bullying (9-12)
  • Burglary
  • Cyberbullying (9-12)
  • Dangerous Instrument, or substance; possession or use of
  • Dangerous Weapons or Instruments; possession or use of
  • Drug Paraphernalia; possession, use, or sale
  • Extortion
  • Fighting
  • Firearms
  • Harassment (9-12)
  • Homicide
  • Illicit Drugs; possession, use, or sale of
  • Intoxication Substances; possession, use, or sale of
  • Property Damage or Vandalism
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Sexual Harassment (5-12)
  • Stalking
  • Terroristic Threatening
Class B Offenses: unlawful conduct: (Police may be contacted)
  • Bullying (K-8)
  • Cyberbullying (K-8)
  • Discrimination
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • False Alarm
  • Forgery
  • Gambling
  • Harassment (K-8)
  • Hazing
  • Inappropriate or Questionable Uses, or both of internet materials or equipment, or both
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment (K-4)
  • Theft
  • Trespassing

Class C Offenses: DOE prohibited conduct:

  • Abusive Language
  • Class Cutting
  • Insubordination
  • Laser Pen/Laser Pointer; possession or use of
  • Leaving Campus without consent
  • Smoking or use of Tobacco Substances
  • Truancy
Class D Offenses: DOE prohibited conduct:
  • Contraband; possession or use of
  • Minor Problem behaviors
  • Other School Rules

OTHER OFFENSES: Any offense not listed will be dealt with at the discretion of the Administrators.

Disciplinary action options may include:

  • Correction and conference with student
  • Detention
  • Crisis Removal
  • Individualized instruction related to student’s problem behaviors
  • In-school suspension
  • Interim alternative education setting
  • Loss of privileges
  • Parent Conferences
  • Time in office
  • Suspension of one to ten school days
  • Suspension of eleven or more school days
  • Saturday School
  • Disciplinary transfer
  • Referral to alternative education programs
  • Dismissal
  • Restitution